Before the disciplinary body is disciplined as such, it is a sensing body. And while the object of discipline is administered in part by the remote optic gaze, for the subject-in-discipline the process of becoming is embodied. It is felt in the pain of muscular fatigue, in the control over range of motion at joint angles, in the acute sensation of tactility and proprioception, etc. Before the body is disciplined, it senses.

So if the State requires fit and disciplined bodies, say, for its military apparatus, it also requires sensing bodies. Any counter-response will also require its own sensing, disciplined bodies, though with a discipline appropriate to the haptics of the control society rather than the optics of surveillance and docility.


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